|Paul gets the ball rolling|
We how have a Sioux Falls, S. D. address!
The two front office workers were constantly busy answering the phones. Many questions come in and courteous answers go out!
It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Alternative Resources!
I was surprised to see how many people use their mail forwarding services.
U. S. diplomats get their mail from the United States by using a mail forwarding company. I guess we are in good company.
|Karen at Alternative Resources|
Our thanks goes out to all the bloggers that suggested A.R.
We had a couple of glitches, but with Karen's help and a few cell phone calls back to Indiana and Kentucky, where we purchased our Tiffin), things began to work out.
Faxes raced from South Dakota, to Indiana, Kentucky and Georgia. Questions were quickly answered and we will receive our license plates and registration in the mail soon.
|Goodbye Snow! California, we Are on Our Way|
We obtained our driver's license with our ugly mug shots and off we went. We told the campground they could keep the snow and left for warmer climes.
|The Natives are Restless|
The trip back into Iowa, Nebraska then to Oklahoma was uneventful. Maybe I should say boring? You can see here that Noah and Olivia were so bored that a dog, cat wrestling match entertained John and I.
The highlight of the drive? Wind. It was trying to push us back to South Dakota, but we prevailed. We were in search of sunshine, warm air and palm trees.
But first, we had to drive through Texas! Texas has many dust storms. Dust can make your throat dry and you can sneeze over and over! Excuse me, Bless you were the words most spoken.
|Horizon meets the ground....dust storm|
At one point, it seemed to be clear, but we could not see the sky ahead. The dusty camouflaged the sky and horizon.
We took Sunday off. John stayed in all day and the only times I went out was to take the Oliver and Olivia out to do their duties. The wind was so bad that they did not want to be out there any more than I. I did learn to use the motorhome as a wind break. Now that made life more pleasant.
The rigs drilling for natural gas were doing their work, but We seemed to be too far north to see any oil rigs.
We have seen a few of these in Southern Indiana.
Our first day in New Mexico offered contrast to our travels. I enjoy the diversity our country has to offer. Diversity not only in scenery, but also people.
It seems the construction of the interstate almost destroyed this little building. I am so glad that it did not. This picture does not do it justice.
We drove later than usual Monday. It was dark and we could see lights across the horizon. I kept trying to remember the name of a movie that had a scene similar.
When we pulled into Roswell, New Mexico and saw all the UFO hype in business windows and on the marquee of the theater
|Has Anyone Seen ET in Roswell, NM?|
|Artwork at Underpasses near Roswell, NM|
Leaving Roswell sent us in search of White Sands National Monument Tuesday morning.
|Desert White Sands in the Horizon-miles and miles away.|
Again, across the horizon I saw this white line. Neither John nor I could decide if it was Desert White Sands.
|Visitor's Center Sign|
We toured the visitor's center, read the information on display, then decided to drive loop tour of the dunes.
|Desert White Sands National Monument|
|The Dunes of White Sands New Mexico|
|White Sand tries to Occupy the Road|
|Adaptable Vegetation in White Sands|
|White Sands New Mexico|
|What a Beautiful Place|
|Wind Blown Dunes Through Streaky Windshield|
|White Sand as Far as The Eye Can See|
|Wind's Art in the Sand|
|Hardy Plants Adapt to the High Desert - Over 5000 ft.|
|A Yucca Tries it's Best to Survive|
The Yucca will try to survive by increasing it's root system upward as the white sands grow higher around the plant. But after a few years it will not be able to pull enough moisture from the earth and will die.
Other plant life has a deeper root system and will be able to survive longer, but the dunes keep moving and occupying more of the desert floor.
High winds were expected the next day. We knew that the scenery would change and we wanted to stay for another day. We will be back. I am sure that we will not be able to recognize what we left behind yesterday.
|Oliver Finally is Able to Run!|
|Olivia Looking for Wildlife|
The sand is packed so that their footsteps sounded like horses galloping. It was just downright cool!
|John Climbs a Dune in White Sands, N.M.|
|Of Course, He Must Look for Rocks|
Oh yes, he is always on the lookout for rocks. He even had a trip planned for yesterday to visit the Rockhound State Park in Arizona.
|The End of Our Day at White Sands, N. M.|
We left White Sands knowing that we will return. Soon.
The perfect ending to a perfect day!
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